Each redistricting dataset merges the electoral data the SWDB collected and processed over the preceding decade with the most current census data (PL94-171). The result is a census block level dataset that allows for longitudinal analysis of electoral data over time on the same unit of analysis. Electoral data consist of the Statements of Vote (SOV) and Statements of Registration (SOR) for each statewide election. These data are collected from the Registrars of Voters for each of the 58 California counties with each election.
The SWDB collects the Statement of Vote and the Statement of Registration along with various geography files from each of the 58 counties for every statewide election. The Statement of Vote is a precinct level dataset and precincts in California change frequently between elections. The goal of the SWDB is to make election data available that can be compared over time, on the same unit of analysis – a precinct, a census block or a census tract.
By Brian McNeill
Published: February 2, 2009
Sen. R. Creigh Deeds' bill to establish a bipartisan commission to redraw Virginia's voting districts was unanimously approved by the state Senate today.
Deeds - who represents much of the Charlottesville area - said his proposal would remove politics from the political redistricting process Virginia conducts every 10 years.
Under the current system, districts are often drawn to protect incumbents and the majority party.
Bipartisan redistricting, backers say, would reduce gerrymandering and encourage more contested elections.
"People, not politicians, should come first in this process," Deeds said.
This is the third year the measure has passed in the Senate. Last year it was killed in the House of Delegates in an unrecorded subcomittee vote.
Deeds is one of three Democrats running for governor. His opponents are Brian Moran of Alexandria and Terry McAuliffe of McLean.
Charlottesville Daily Progress
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